Another French bulldog was stolen, this time in San Jose
The recent theft of Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs has put the spotlight on the dangers of owning the popular breed. This week a San Jose family stole their Frenchie straight from their front yard.
SAN JOSE, California – – The recent theft of Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs has put the spotlight on the dangers of owning the popular breed. This week a San Jose family stole their Frenchie straight from their front yard.
David Palomino has a warning to French Bulldog owners: don’t lose sight of them.
“When we first got Rollie, he was just a cute, chubby face dog to us,” said Palomino. “We didn’t realize that it was a hot item to steal and make money with.”
The ring video captured the moment when a thief took his soon-to-be-one-year-old Frenchie from his front yard in San Jose on Sunday.
He was accidentally left there after failing to return to the house. The family offers a $ 500 reward for his return. No questions asked.
“They’re family members, not just pets, and these people are basically stealing a family member,” Palomino said.
All prices vary in color and markings but start at $ 5,000 and can go as high as $ 10-15,000, “said Erika Cruz, owner of French Bulldog Fever.
Cruz raises French bulldogs and said that Frenchies are in great demand. It’s the fourth most popular dog in the country, according to the American Kennel Club, and it’s not difficult to steal.
“They’re small, compact and fluffy,” said Cruz. “They are not attack dogs.”
Thieves will go to great lengths. Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot dead in Hollywood.
Back in January, three men attacked a woman and robbed her of her five-month-old bulldog while she was walking her dog in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood.
“Don’t take the same route every day, try not to go for a walk at night,” said Cruz.
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“People who refuse to give information about who the parents are, their vaccination records,” said Cruz.
The owner of “Hachi,” stolen from a salon in San Jose, tells KTVU that he is still missing a year later. The owner bought a new dog, not a Frenchie.
“What are you doing? Are you weighing a Frenchie’s friendship against the safety of your family?” said Palomino.
Rollie’s owner said he has a very pronounced cowlick on his left shoulder that isn’t seen in other Frenchies.
Azenith Smith is a reporter at KTVU. Email Azenith at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AzenithKTVU or Facebook or ktvu.com.